The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part Two
January 8th, 2024 by Princess

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and pure luck. The goal is to shift your chips safely around the game board to your home board and at the same time your opposing player shifts their checkers toward their home board in the opposing direction. With competing player chips heading in opposing directions there is bound to be conflict and the need for particular techniques at particular instances. Here are the last two Backgammon techniques to round out your game.

The Priming Game Tactic

If the purpose of the blocking tactic is to slow down the opponent to move her pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to completely block any movement of the opposing player by creating a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s chips will either get bumped, or result a battered position if he/she ever attempts to leave the wall. The ambush of the prime can be established anywhere between point two and point 11 in your game board. As soon as you have successfully assembled the prime to prevent the activity of your opponent, your competitor does not even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you move your checkers and roll the dice yet again. You will be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Tactic

The aims of the Back Game tactic and the Blocking Game plan are similar – to hinder your competitor’s positions hoping to better your odds of succeeding, however the Back Game strategy relies on seperate techniques to do that. The Back Game strategy is generally used when you’re far behind your competitor. To compete in Backgammon with this technique, you have to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single checker) late in the game. This strategy is more challenging than others to play in Backgammon because it needs careful movement of your chips and how the checkers are relocated is partially the result of the dice toss.

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